At the same time, planners have sharpened their focus on end-users. For example, the state plan’s Hurricane annex involved an unprecedented effort to enlist the involvement and support of a wide range of emergency managers and experts, as well as stakeholders from the larger community in areas most likely to be affected. Sometimes known as whole-community planning, this level of information gathering leverages critical expertise and lessons learned from all involved. The result is a strong synthesis of critical information that reflects the collective wisdom of experts as well as the population they help protect.
While plans and planning are becoming more responsive to users’ needs, the legislation that governs them remains as complex as ever. The legislation that authorizes emergency management plans is often complex and always subject to amendment. A single hazard annex to the state’s emergency management plan might trace its legal authority to several state and federal laws and amendments. To help planners find what they are looking for as quickly and efficiently as possible, the State and Federal Plans unit developed the Legislation Navigation Guide. The guide is a quick-start reference tool that orients the reader using screen shots from primary legislative websites along with supplementary step-by-step instructions and notes.
The Legislation Navigation Guide follows on the heels of the State of Texas Acronyms and Terms (STAT) book, which has become a one-stop shop for the definitions and correct use of hundreds of emergency management terms that appear in our plans and are widely used throughout the emergency management planning community. The STAT book can be found on the TDEM website.